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What is Amazon EKS?

Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install and operate your own Kubernetes clusters.
Amazon EKS is a tool in the Containers as a Service category of a tech stack.

Who uses Amazon EKS?

Companies
69 companies reportedly use Amazon EKS in their tech stacks, including HelloFresh.com, Codacy, and Cuemby Tech.

Developers
63 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Amazon EKS.

Amazon EKS Integrations

Docker, Jenkins, GitLab, New Relic, and Kubernetes are some of the popular tools that integrate with Amazon EKS. Here's a list of all 29 tools that integrate with Amazon EKS.

Why developers like Amazon EKS?

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Amazon EKS Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Amazon EKS in their tech stack.

Sebastian G臋bski
Sebastian G臋bski
CTO at Shedul/Fresha | 6 upvotes 56.6K views
atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
Docker
Docker
Docker Compose
Docker Compose
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Terraform
Terraform
Ansible
Ansible
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Amazon EKS
Amazon EKS
Amazon S3
Amazon S3
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS

Heroku was a decent choice to start a business, but at some point our platform was too big, too complex & too heterogenic, so Heroku started to be a constraint, not a benefit. First, we've started containerizing our apps with Docker to eliminate "works in my machine" syndrome & uniformize the environment setup. The first orchestration was composed with Docker Compose , but at some point it made sense to move it to Kubernetes. Fortunately, we've made a very good technical decision when starting our work with containers - all the container configuration & provisions HAD (since the beginning) to be done in code (Infrastructure as Code) - we've used Terraform & Ansible for that (correspondingly). This general trend of containerisation was accompanied by another, parallel & equally big project: migrating environments from Heroku to AWS: using Amazon EC2 , Amazon EKS, Amazon S3 & Amazon RDS.

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Greg Ratner
Greg Ratner
Co-Founder, CTO at Troops | 2 upvotes 12.4K views
atTroopsTroops
Amazon EKS
Amazon EKS
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Serverless
Serverless

We are moving all of our infrastructure to Amazon EKS on Kubernetes from our our Amazon EC2 hosts. This gives less management overhead, host security and networking and aides a lot of compliance headaches since it's a Serverless architecture.

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Russel Werner
Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare | 0 upvotes 2.2K views
atStackShareStackShare
Heroku
Heroku
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Amazon EKS
Amazon EKS
Google Kubernetes Engine
Google Kubernetes Engine
Slack
Slack
Helm
Helm
CircleCI
CircleCI
Amazon EC2 Container Service
Amazon EC2 Container Service

We began our hosting journey, as many do, on Heroku because they make it easy to deploy your application and automate some of the routine tasks associated with deployments, etc. However, as our team grew and our product matured, our needs have outgrown Heroku. I will dive into the history and reasons for this in a future blog post.

We decided to migrate our infrastructure to Kubernetes running on Amazon EKS. Although Google Kubernetes Engine has a slightly more mature Kubernetes offering and is more user-friendly; we decided to go with EKS because we already using other AWS services (including a previous migration from Heroku Postgres to AWS RDS). We are still in the process of moving our main website workloads to EKS, however we have successfully migrate all our staging and testing PR apps to run in a staging cluster. We developed a Slack chatops application (also running in the cluster) which automates all the common tasks of spinning up and managing a production-like cluster for a pull request. This allows our engineering team to iterate quickly and safely test code in a full production environment. Helm plays a central role when deploying our staging apps into the cluster. We use CircleCI to build docker containers for each PR push, which are then published to Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECR). An upgrade-operator process watches the ECR repository for new containers and then uses Helm to rollout updates to the staging environments. All this happens automatically and makes it really easy for developers to get code onto servers quickly. The immutable and isolated nature of our staging environments means that we can do anything we want in that environment and quickly re-create or restore the environment to start over.

The next step in our journey is to migrate our production workloads to an EKS cluster and build out the CD workflows to get our containers promoted to that cluster after our QA testing is complete in our staging environments.

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Amazon EKS's Features

  • Managed Kubernetes Control Plane - Amazon EKS provides a scalable and highly-available control plane that runs across multiple AWS availability zones.
  • Security and Networking - Amazon EKS makes it easy to provide security for your Kubernetes clusters, with advanced features and integrations to AWS services and technology partner solutions.
  • Logging - Amazon EKS is integrated with Amazon CloudWatch Logs and AWS CloudTrail to provide visibility and audit history tracking of your cluster and user activity.
  • Certified Conformant - Amazon EKS runs upstream Kubernetes and is certified Kubernetes conformant, so you can use all the existing plugins and tooling from the Kubernetes community.

Amazon EKS Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Amazon EKS?
kops
It helps you create, destroy, upgrade and maintain production-grade, highly available, Kubernetes clusters from the command line. AWS (Amazon Web Services) is currently officially supported, with GCE in beta support , and VMware vSphere in alpha, and other platforms planned.
Kubernetes
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
Amazon EC2 Container Service
Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles.
Google Kubernetes Engine
Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machine cluster, scaling your application, and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.
AWS Fargate
AWS Fargate is a technology for Amazon ECS and EKS* that allows you to run containers without having to manage servers or clusters. With AWS Fargate, you no longer have to provision, configure, and scale clusters of virtual machines to run containers.
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Amazon EKS's Followers
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